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▪ This year it was the waylaying of a southbound train at a station in central Anhui province by a local gang.
▪ But the densely populated central provinces present a very different picture.
▪ Police have arrested 80 people during the unrest in the Central Kalimantan province.
▪ For neo-populists, it is the social structure in these central provinces that is crucial.
▪ Julian's main impact was confined to the Eastern provinces.
▪ After holing up for the winter of 2512 the horde descended into the eastern provinces of the Empire.
▪ But no one has mentioned what's been going on in our eastern provinces or in Katanga in the south.
▪ Almost a thousand buildings are represented, mainly from the city of Rome and from eastern provinces of the Roman empire.
▪ A utilitarian concrete block clogged with book kiosks and leftist murals, it draws its 17,000 students from six northern provinces.
▪ Soldiers on both sides are also still fighting in the northern province of Takhar.
▪ Like the provincial nobility of the northern provinces, this was a working nobility.
▪ Both dealers took the night train to a Northern province, the home town of one of them.
▪ Having lost his northern provinces, he does not hide his ambition to re-establish his gruesome tyranny over them.
▪ He said that it needed strengthening in the northern province.
▪ Prospecting continued in other provinces, though most intensely in Connaught and Ulster.
▪ Lemba is in the southern province of Katanga.
▪ The blast last week in remote Fanglin village, deep in the southern province of Jiangxi, was massive.
▪ Mujaheddin forces also attacked Qalat, the capital of the southern province of Zabul.
▪ The absence of reference to a division of the southern province, therefore, is not altogether surprising.
▪ Kabila, from the secessionist southern province of Katanga, studied in Paris and Belgrade before returning home in 1963.
▪ Why had he been so determined to create a second see of archiepiscopal rank in the southern province in the first place?
▪ New policies on developing the backward western provinces and improving health, education and social welfare are stressed.
▪ It reported in mid-1861, but suggested only that the peasantry of the western provinces fulfil their obligations in cash rather than labour.
▪ I had just come in from one of the western provinces, where I'd worked in a bush surgery.
▪ By this time, all provinces except Zambezia had at least 40 percent female enrolment.
▪ For neo-populists, it is the social structure in these central provinces that is crucial.
▪ He visited the other dioceses of his province, including a tour of several days to the Isle of Man.
▪ Most tellingly, Labour's vote was well down on its 1990 performance in the provinces.
▪ Printers, modems and speakers were considered necessities, but scanners were the province of professional artists with money to burn.
▪ The separatist movement began in the mid-1970s after the province was denied additional natural gas revenue.
▪ Together with the political background in the province, this smallness of scale has complicated discussions of local government reorganisation.
▪ When Ottawa's programme expired in April, pressure mounted on the provinces to provide assistance.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Province \Prov"ince\, n. [F., fr. L. provincia; prob. fr. pro before, for + the root of vincere to conquer. See Victor.]

  1. (Roman Hist.) A country or region, more or less remote from the city of Rome, brought under the Roman government; a conquered country beyond the limits of Italy.
    --Wyclif (Acts xiii. 34). Milton.

  2. A country or region dependent on a distant authority; a portion of an empire or state, esp. one remote from the capital. ``Kingdoms and provinces.''

  3. A region of country; a tract; a district.

    Over many a tract of heaven they marched, and many a province wide.

    Other provinces of the intellectual world.
    --I. Watts.

  4. A region under the supervision or direction of any special person; the district or division of a country, especially an ecclesiastical division, over which one has jurisdiction; as, the province of Canterbury, or that in which the archbishop of Canterbury exercises ecclesiastical authority.

  5. The proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere.

    The woman'sprovince is to be careful in her economy, and chaste in her affection.

  6. Specif.: Any political division of the Dominion of Canada, having a governor, a local legislature, and representation in the Dominion parliament. Hence, colloquially, The Provinces, the Dominion of Canada.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "country, territory, region," from Old French province "province, part of a country; administrative region for friars" (13c.) and directly from Latin provincia "territory outside Italy under Roman domination," also "a public office; public duty," of uncertain origin, usually explained as pro- "before" + vincere "to conquer" (see victor); but this does not suit the earliest Latin usages. Meaning "one's particular business or expertise" is from 1620s.


n. 1 A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level; (context Canada English) one of ten of Canada's federated entities, recognized by the Constitution and having a separate representative of the Sovereign (compare territory). 2 A territorial area within a country. 3 A jurisdiction; a (literal or figurative) area of authority. n. (context British English) Northern Ireland

  1. n. the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south" [syn: state]

  2. the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his province to take care of himself" [syn: responsibility]

Province (geology)

A province is almost always an administrative division, within a country or state. The term derives from the ancient Roman provincia, which was the major territorial and administrative unit of the Roman Empire's territorial possessions outside Italy. The term is now used in many countries.

In many countries with no actual provinces, "the provinces" or "the province" means outside the capital city.

Province (song)

"Province" is the second single from TV on the Radio's album Return to Cookie Mountain. The song features David Bowie on backing vocals.

Province (disambiguation)

A province is a form of subnational entity.

Province may also refer to:

  • a Roman province, or provincia, an administrative unit in the Roman empire
  • Ecclesiastical province, a large jurisdiction of religious government
  • Geologic province, a spatial entity with common geologic or geomorphic attributes
  • Physiographic province, a geographic region with a characteristic geomorphology
  • "Province" (song), a song by TV on the Radio from their 2006 album Return to Cookie Mountain
  • The Vancouver Province, commonly referred to as The Province, a newspaper published in Vancouver
  • Prowincja, a division of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Usage examples of "province".

They were reported to be aggressively engaged in guerilla warfare against the enemy in the provinces of Shantung, Hopei, Shansi and north Kiangsu, although direct evidence was lacking because no foreigner accredited to Chungking was allowed to visit the area north of the quarantine line.

Gu suggested that each Lodge should affiliate with the branch of the province in which it was located.

The arms, horses, and camels, with an immense treasure of gold, silver, silk, and precious stones, were all delivered to the conqueror, who, leaving only a garrison of six hundred archers, returned to Emesa, and employed some time in the distribution of rewards and punishments at the end of so memorable a war, which restored to the obedience of Rome those provinces that had renounced their allegiance since the captivity of Valerian.

The court and the people were astonished by the strange intelligence, that a virtuous hero, after so many favors, and so many services, had renounced his allegiance, and invited the Barbarians to destroy the province intrusted to his command.

And in the same manner the German auxiliaries, invited into France during the civil wars of the sixteenth century, were allured by the promise of plenteous quarters in the provinces of Champaigne and Burgundy.

But when the military order had levelled, in wild anarchy, the power of the prince, the laws of the senate, and even the discipline of the camp, the barbarians of the North and of the East, who had long hovered on the frontier, boldly attacked the provinces of a declining monarchy.

SCHOOLS OF VERONA AND VICENZA: Artistically Verona belonged with the Venetian provinces, because it was largely an echo of Venice except at the very start.

He encouraged the arts, reformed the laws, asserted military discipline, and visited all his provinces in person.

He declared his resolution of asserting the justice of their cause, and of securing the peace of the provinces by the extirpation, or at least the banishment, of the Limigantes, whose manners were still infected with the vices of their servile origin.

The inhabitants, instead of deserting their houses, or hiding their corn, supplied the Romans with a fair and liberal market: the civil officers of the province continued to exercise their functions in the name of Justinian: and the clergy, from motives of conscience and interest, assiduously labored to promote the cause of a Catholic emperor.

In which case, he decided, the ambushers had to be from Arnoon Province.

Of this vast territory, which is composed of three provinces, Benguela, Congo, and Angola, there was but little known then except the coast.

The young novice knew only too well that he was in Africa, and very probably in the fatal province of Angola, more than a hundred miles from the coast.

A quick trip to the library confirmed what Paul had immediately suspected-there was no town of Astragal in Indiana, nor in any other state, province, or country in the world.

In 1773 the Pugachev Rebellion found him on leave of absence in Kazan, where he attracted the attention of persons in power by writing for the nobility of the province an address with expressions of loyalty to the Empress.